Zack Snyder Talks Serious 'Man of Steel' and Why He Took the Job

November 13, 2012
Source: Hero Complex

Man of Steel

Ever since Watchmen and 300 director Zack Snyder was brought aboard Man of Steel by producer Christopher Nolan, fans have been wondering if it would be a more action-packed over-the-topp, slow motion frenzy that we're used to from Snyder, or if Nolan's influence would keep the film grounded, gritty and a bit dark. The two teaser trailers seemed to give us our answer (and the Comic-Con footage showed us more of that), and now Snyder has spoken out about his serious approach to Superman and why he felt like he should take the job, even after he initially resisted Nolan's offer to direct the DC Comics reboot. Read on!

Snyder almost didn't direct Man of Steel. The director explains to Hero Complex:

“It's funny, when Nolan came to me and said, 'Do you want to do Superman?' I was like 'No!' That's a difficult one. But I felt like I knew the rules. I understand the rules of Superman -- not necessarily better than anyone else -- but better than a normal filmmaker would. After doing 'Watchmen' and digging that deep into the why of superheroes, when Superman is presented to you, I felt like I was in a unique position to say 'I get this guy. I know what this is.'"

That's an interesting point he raises after directing what is basically the anti-Avengers, when the thought of the Marvel superhero ensemble was still coming together. When you look at the core of heroes and what they are under the tights or whatever uniform they wear, that's where the character lives, and that's where the story comes from in the end. And knowing that, Snyder seems to have crafted a serious approach to Superman rather than another generic superhero movie. Snyder says:

“It’s a more serious version of Superman. It’s not like a heart attack. We took the mythology seriously. We take him as a character seriously. I believe the movie would appeal to anyone. I think that you’re going to see a Superman you’ve never seen before. We approached it as though no other films had been made. He’s the king-daddy. Honestly that’s why I wanted to do it. I’m interested in Superman because he’s the father of all superheroes. He’s this amazing ambassador for all superheroes. What was it about him that cracked the code that made pop culture embrace this other mythology? What we‘ve made as a film not only examines that but is also an amazing adventure story. It’s been an honor to work on. As a comic book fan, Superman is like the Rosetta Stone of all superheroes. I wanted to be sure the movie treated it respectfully.”

I like the idea of going back to the dawn of superheroes and looking at Superman as the first piece in what would become a very large comic book puzzle. It's not just an origin story for Superman, but an origin story for all superheroes. What makes them tick? What makes them heroes? If the brief teaser didn't get you interested (we'll be honest, they're a little lackluster), hopefully the new trailer that will show up at the end of the year (likely around the time The Hobbit hits theaters) will get audiences a little more excited.

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Sounds good, I don't care what anyone say, Snyder & Co. are gonna pull this off above expectations!!!

Brad White on Nov 13, 2012


I'm hoping so, but it would be the first time I'd be impressed by Snyder. He says all the right things here, but it worries me that he's talking about Watchmen as a success, he butchered that book. I think he's rather attracted to the Angry God version of Superman too, which appeals to me less than the Big Blue Boy Scout.

dnwilliams on Nov 13, 2012


lackluster? they were fantastic.

Xerxexx on Nov 13, 2012


They were definitely lackluster compared with the Comic Con footage. Compared with the Superman Returns teaser for that matter, which they essentially recreate.

dnwilliams on Nov 13, 2012


Its a teaser they want to make you wait. You shouldn't compare it to Superman Returns because it a completely different approach. And SR do so well so we don't want MOS to be like SR.

Blahh on Nov 13, 2012


I didn't mean they were terrible, but they didn't really arrive with as much pomp and circumstance as the footage shown at Comic-Con. Just felt too morose and reserved. A decent tease, but people could've seen just a bit more.

Ethan Anderton on Nov 13, 2012


For sure. The audience was palpably underwhelmed when it played before TDKR at my screening.

dnwilliams on Nov 13, 2012


They were pretty decent, at least that's what I thought.

Scopedog on Nov 15, 2012


This is coming from the guy who gave us Sucker Punch, Watchmen, and Guardian Of Gahoole. What the hell is WB doing here?

Kyle Robinson on Nov 13, 2012


And 300.

castingcouch on Nov 13, 2012


Watchmen is sooooooo underrated!!!!!

Manny on Nov 13, 2012


Making a new Superman film?

Scopedog on Nov 15, 2012


his last few movies sucked but 300 is a classic! I don't like superman because he is to much a semi god with a stupid outfit!

avi on Nov 13, 2012


shut your big mouth brainless guy!

Tom on Nov 13, 2012


"Can somebody tell me what kind of a world we live in where a man dressed as a BAT gets all my press?"

castingcouch on Nov 13, 2012


Zack Snyder is the best action director in industry.

Tom on Nov 13, 2012


I think this could be his best movie yet, which for some might not be saying much, but I really did enjoy Watchmen and I love Sucker Punch.

Davide Coppola on Nov 13, 2012


I'm with you, also enjoyed 300 and The Owls. Haven't seen the Dawn of the Dead remake but this guy has yet to make a bad film in my opinion. Sure, they're not all great but they do the job (which is to entertain).

Isildur_of_Numenor on Nov 13, 2012


If you haven't seen Dawn of The Dead you must. That movie is the shit. I keep forgetting Snyder did that but it's really good.

The Douche on Nov 13, 2012


Yep, Snyder's DoTD was a very good movie.

castingcouch on Nov 13, 2012


I will (eventually), thanks. It's on my list.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Nov 14, 2012


Yep. Definitely liked his DOTD remake; one of the best remakes out there. And just for getting WATCHMEN made...he's got my eternal respect.

Scopedog on Nov 15, 2012


Oh yea, the Owls movie was pretty good, I'm just not big not animation, but otherwise a fine film. His remake isn't bad at all, some critics consider it his best work.

Davide Coppola on Nov 14, 2012


I'll definitely check it out. Can't wait for Man of Steel.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Nov 14, 2012


I liked the teaser trailers. Sets the tone and teases you enough to craze for more.

Marc Callado on Nov 13, 2012


i hate snyder movies but I trust Nolan

Nina on Nov 14, 2012


Well, I like Snyder, but yeah, Nolan had to have seen something worthwhile in Snyder's work to give him the director's reins for THE MAN OF STEEL. Of course, it was fun to watch some Nolan fanboys lose their shpadoinkle over the choice--but, like you, I also trust Nolan.

Scopedog on Nov 15, 2012

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